Empire India Pale Ale | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tempest on 09-02-2007

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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Empire IPA has a very clear orangish brown body and an off-white head that has solid retention and lacing.

The aroma is fruity and piney, with sweet malt backing it up. Lots of citrus.

The first sip strikes me with a lot of citrus and pine. Grapefruit and orange mingle with a very resinous pine flavor. Fairly high amount of bitterness. As I drink, the resin takes over and the malt becomes more powerful. The actual flavor profile of the malt mixes toasted grain with a good bit of caramel sweetness. This one is definitely more hoppy than malty.

Slightly oily feel. Right in the ballpark for an IPA.

There is something missing from this one for me, but I can't put my finger on it. With that said, this is a solid IPA. Empire does a pretty good job with their beers and I would recommend this to anyone who is curious, as I could see different palates really enjoying this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Matthew342
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew as a suggestions of the bar tender at the brewpub. I paired it with a spicy sausage sandwich. It paired very well. It has a thick white head. The aroma is of grassy hops with nice citrus flora notes. The tastes is all hops it starts with a great earthy hop flavor and finishes with a mild bitter this feels full bodied but it is easy to continuously drink its a great ipa.

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Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Whole Foods located in Yonkers, NY.

Pours clear lighter honey infused amber. Lite tan head, minor in size but leaving respectable webs of fine lacing.

Mild piney hop nose.

Easy drinking and enjoyable IPA. More pine and resiny hop notes, with enough malt to smooth the landing out. Decent IPA.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is an almost completely clear amber, just the slightest haze, with a sand-colored head rising to about one finger that drops lacing clinging in thin sheets as it drops.
This beer's profile is more rustic than many American IPA drinkers tend toward, but certainly not unrefined. It has a mingling of earthy, woody and piney hops bitterness in good measure backed by some citrus peel and balanced nicely by caramel malt that lets the hops lead.
The medium body is continuously crisp and smooth enough to flow nicely without taking from the bite. It dries some as it goes.
According to the brewer, there have been some sporadic revisions to this beer. This may be one that needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as it were. The current version is quite good.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Dinosaurs in Syracuse New York.

Pretty classic pale golden color with heavy amber hues and a healthy white head and moderate retention.

A nice collection of hop aroma's from pine tree sap and herbal bitter tinge. The malt has a nice, bready and sweet balance.

The hops are now much more earthy and bitter in the flavor, with pineapple fruitiness on a moderate level. The malt is crispy and very lively feel overall.

This is a very easy to drink hop flavor that is evenly balanced out with a nice malt support.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From tasting notes, 05/27/17

Empire IPA at New York Sports Bar, terminal 5 at JFK airport

Appearance - Served up in a tall pilsner glass, clear and golden orange in color with a thin layer of white suds. Fair lacing, with a couple of broken up patches on the glass.

Smell - Fair citrus and grassy hop bitterness with a faint, sweet malt breadiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. High hop bitterness that's mostly grassy with a touch of citrus and spice. Faint, bready malt sweetness. Grassy bite continues mid-taste and follows into the finish. Grass / Ear wax bitterness persists in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fair drinker. Mostly dry finish.

Overall - Not a fan. The hop bitterness is insanely grassy / waxy to the point that it is not enjoyable. Definitely one and done with this one.

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Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Lazerlobe
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The last three times I have had this brew it has been borderline awful. Now I love me some IPA and most of Empire's beers but I keep tasting some really off flavors in this beer.

Consumed at a Brew and View at the Palace Theater.

A: Poured a glassy amber with a weak head. Looked a little flat.

S: Some faint pine and citrus

T: Here is where I ran in to problems. There was some sweet citrus hop flavor right off the bat and then something that took me a few sips to identify. There was an undeniably dominating cherry cough medicine presence. Now I haven't tasted this before in other batches but the chemical cherry flavor ruined this beer for me.

M: Carbonation was light, maybe from a hasty setup of the traveling taps brought from the brewery. Overall the beer was crisp and refreshing.

D: I finished it only because I am a trooper but I may be done ordering this beer.

Don't let this one review spoil the beer for you buy I have just had a couple of inconsistent tastings of this IPA and this certainly doesn't match other peoples impressions.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The buzz of the re-opening of this place was biased toward this amarillo hop beer. It was decent, one of the better ones I tried. It is grapefruit and bitter. Lots of lace. Grapefruit aroma as well. An average IPA. Something in the balance and perhaps the carbonation that could be tilted.
Had six months later on cask and good cask though dry.

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Photo of Roguer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The hops taste strong, but not complex. The taste starts with a tangy citrus punch, you know, a bit juicy with a similar aroma. That follows with a orange and grapefruit rind flavor and bitterness that fade off with the beer, but doesn't leave as much aftertaste as you might like. There's something a little annoying about the final note of flavor that made this a little hard to drink

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Photo of underoath437
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the conclsuion of the NY brewing history tour at the NY historical society.

Pours darker orangey brown, with a good head of white foam. Slow settling, lots of lacing. Some face stuck around to the bitter end.

Nose is pine tree, grassy, hoppy. Taste is an extremely bitter citrus/grapefruit blended IPA. The hoppiness almost reaches the point of being offputting, and makes for a difficult drink. The taste blend is ok, but for my palate, I got burned out by the end.

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Photo of jsausley
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft at the Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, NY.

A: Dark amber color with a strong red tint. Nice small head with good lacing. Beautiful deep color for an IPA.

S: Nice and clean and full of crisp hops over a mellow citrus.

T: Very strong smokey flavor with a nice caramel followed by heavy duty hops flavor. This is a really intense brew. Very surprising in a good way!

M: As with most IPAs this is hoppy and crisp with a citrus bite. Very drinkable.

O: Best beer sampled at the Dino. Definitely something I'd like to find at home.

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of bonbini26
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of HarpuaCritz
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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Empire India Pale Ale from Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
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